Anakin Skywalker and Jedi!Reader
Summary: Once lovers, Anakin and Y/N catch up with each other.
Genre: 18+ only, angst, fluff, gender neutral
Warning: Sadness. Death. Also, in this fanfic, Ani shows abandonment issues and/or anxiety as well as trust issues (Since watching the films, I've come to believe that he has a fear of abandonment and trust issues). Also, this fanfic contains spoilers if you haven't watched Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
A/N: This fanfic is based on this Ask from THIS prompt list by @screnwriter 🌻 I don't own Star Wars.
Your eyes followed his figure as he crossed the crowded room, where a beautiful lady welcomed him with open arms.
They hugged and from the woman's expression, it was clear that she was relieved that they survived the battle at Geonosis today.
Something told you that the embrace was more than friendly.
They pulled away and his eyes remained on Padme Amidala as they talked. Of what, you could not hear.
You shrugged and looked at somewhere else, thinking it was not something you needed to know.
The time that passed since the romance between you and Anakin ended was long enough to heal most wounds. To you, it was a pleasant surprise that seeing him now with somebody else, and someone whom you knew as always having been on his mind, did not hurt that much.
You looked around the room which was abuzz with the conversations of mostly Jedi. Having no one to talk to, you then busied yourself by drinking from your bottle.
It was then that from your peripheral view, you saw a figure approaching.
You set the bottle down and, for the first time in a very long time, had a closer look at Anakin.
"Hello", he greeted you with a restrained yet genuine smile.
"Hi", you replied, "How are you?"
"Good", you said nodding.
"Nice work there with the droids earlier", he remarked, referring to what transpired in the battle where you first saw each other again.
Smiling, you replied, "Thanks you. I haven't stopped perfecting my saberwork."
Anakin then gave slow nods and it seemed that it was the end of the conversation until you spoke.
"So, you saw her again?"
Anakin's expression perked up, and softened into a smile.
"Padme, yes", he said, almost to himself. "We—"
"Anakin", you both heard Obi-Wan Kenobi as he walked towards you. "Pardon the interruption", the Jedi Master said when he stopped, looking at you and then back at his Padawan. "I need to talk to you."
Anakin nodded to Obi-Wan who then turned on his heel.
"Let's talk more later. Tonight. Same place", he told you as he followed his Master.
Before you could respond, he had completely turned his back.
The evening was still in the Jedi Temple's observatory.
Anakin was leaning on the balcony, apparently in deep thought, his hands clasped together as his arms jutted from the parapet.
You found him like this when you entered the room, unsure whether to call out his name as you walked closer to him.
Anakin turned around, sensing your presence. He smiled, happy that you came.
With his warm and genuine smile, you could not help but smile back as you approached him. And after all, there was no hostility between you two. Your friendship survived the breakup and warm feelings other than romance have remained intact.
"Hi", Anakin began.
"Hello again", you said as you stopped at a polite distance from him, trying to sound friendlier than earlier today.
It seemed to work because he opened up by saying, "I thought you wouldn't come."
His statement prompted you to smile. "You haven't changed", you said, adding, "I said I'll always be your friend, right? That's still true."
Anakin's lips curled into a smile. "Thank you", he said, and a comfortable silence followed before you spoke.
"So, I think we have a lot of stories to tell each other. Why don't you start?" you said. You then moved to sit on the floor, facing the balcony and, thus, the star-filled sky above.
Anakin followed, sitting beside you. He then looked up at the same sky.
"Well, I was assigned to protect the senator. And many things happened from there", he said then turned to look at you, his face showing some weariness.
"I'm happy to have met Padme again", he said carefully, "but then.. I lost my mother."
Your eyes widened at hearing about Shmi. Anakin had always talked about how he would one day return to Tatooine as a Jedi and how she would be so proud. He had dreamed of freeing her someday then taking her to Coruscant so that she could live here for good. He would get to visit her on days that he is not on a mission on another planet, he had said, and spend time with her when he is not on duty.
Your lips parted but you did not know what to say and, with a look of concern, you silently placed a condolatory hand on his back.
Anakin acknowledged your gesture with a nod.
"It's a mix of emotions right now for me," he continued, "She won't get to see her son married."
You waited for his next words, for what he meant.
"I can trust you, right?
"Of course", you said, looking deep into his eyes.
"Padme and I.. We're getting married."
Your heart sunk a bit; you felt happy for him but a part of you felt sad. Not knowing whether to congratulate him, you simply gave him a sparing smile.
"I'm sure that aunt Shmi is still watching over you", you said. It was what you fondly called her by, even though you have not met her. "I'm sure that she is proud and happy", you reassured Anakin.
His lips then curled into a smile, this time wider than any of his smiles you previously saw today.
"Thank you, Y/N", Anakin said, "Anyone would be lucky to have you as their friend."
"You're lucky then", you teased, and the two of you giggled.
"Very lucky", he said, his smile unrestrained.
As smiles faded, the both of you instinctively looked up at the stars.
"Y/N", you heard Anakin, "Do you remember how we'd break the curfew and go here?"
"We talked for hours", he said with a smile, breaking his gaze from the stars to look at you.
"We talked about running away from it all and getting hitched", you said with a laugh, pushing him slightly with a playful slap on his upper arm.
He chuckled, adding, "And having little Anis and Y/Ns running around our house."
"Yes, that too", you said amusedly, before nostalgia washed over you.
After a while, you asked, "How many kids are you planning to have?"
"Hmm, I haven't really thought about that yet", he replied.
"I see. Well, no matter what, I think you'll be a good father."
Anakin listened to you intently.
"They'll be lucky to have you, Ani", you said, calling him by his nickname for the first time in a long time. "And they will love you as you love your mother, no matter what. Remember that."
He smiled in response.
"Thank you, Y/N."
The both of you then looked up at the stars in comfortable silence once more.
"Ani?" he heard you say after a while and turned to look at you. "May I ask for a favor?"
"What is it?"
You gathered more courage by taking and exhaling a deep breath before finally saying, "Please remember me. Remember us."
"Of course!" he said as, to your surprise, he reached for you and pulled you into a tight and warm embrace.
For a moment, your hands were frozen in midair. But soon, you put your arms around him to hug him.
You two stayed like this for a long while, savoring the moment, until he pulled away.
With a smile, Anakin said, "Now, give me more things to remember. Tell me, how have you been?"
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